Did you know that when it comes to the cleanliness of our bathrooms, our toilets actually tend to be one of the cleaner fixtures in the vicinity?
It’s true— according to a study conducted in 2011 by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International, it’s our toothbrush holders and toothbrushes that are the breeding grounds of the highest number of germs, viral bacteria, and mold in the bathroom.
With that being said, however, 27% of the toilet seats and 14% of the toilet handles included in the study contained significantly high amounts of germs, mold, and yeast— which ultimately stands as a reflection of how poorly many people clean and/or maintain their toilets. Regardless of whether you wipe down and clean your toilet often to daily, the only real way to remove the bacteria and viruses is to thoroughly disinfect and clean its entirety.
Unfortunately, many people fail to completely read the instructions on the cleaning products they buy— choosing to quickly skim them instead, not realizing that they need to leave the surfaces of their toilet wet with the given cleaner for a designated amount of time in order to fully eradicate the germs. It’s important to remember that even if a product’s label claims that it’s able to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs on surfaces, it needs to be left on the items being cleaned for longer than a mere few seconds.
In a research study published in the Applied Microbiology scientific journal, Dr. Charles Gerba— a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Arizona— discovered that one flush of the toilet is capable of sending E.coli bacteria onto the toilet and into the air, where they linger in the surrounding airstream for up to six hours. Additionally, viruses can live on your toilets’ surfaces from a couple of hours to several days.
How To Properly Clean Your Toilet
It’s important that you’re well equipped before you begin the cleaning process. (We recommend that you set aside a separate set of cleaning equipment for your bathroom that you don’t use on other surfaces throughout your home.)
In order to properly clean the toilet(s) in your home, you should make sure that you have the following items:
A bristle scrubbing brush
A pair of rubber gloves
One or two scrub sponges
A bottle of Professor Amos’ Fast Flow Super 7 Natural Microbial Drain Cleaner
A bottle of Professor Amos’ Fast Toilet and Tank Concentrate Cleaner
A pack of disinfecting wipes of your choice
How To Clean a Toilet Bowl
When cleaning your toilet, we recommend that you always start with the bowl.
Professor Amos’ Fast Flow Super 7 Natural Microbial Drain Cleaner contains a scientifically selected proprietary blend of seven microbial strains which are very efficient at digesting solid waste, breaking down the bacteria, and eliminating odors at their source. These active ingredients break down proteins, carbohydrates, cellulose, and fats to help keep drains running smoothly and without odor.
Using Fast Flow Super 7, coat the whole toilet bowl, beginning with the bottom of the bowl’s rim. Next, put your gloves on and use the toilet brush to scrub the solution into the toilet bowl.
Make sure that you’re thoroughly scrubbing the cleaning solution throughout the entirety of the bowl within, including the bend and beneath the rim.
From there, make sure that you allow the solution to sit on the surfaces for at least 5 minutes. Then, you can flush it all down.
How To Disinfect Your Toilet’s Exterior: A Step-By-Step Guide
In the meantime, while you wait for your toilet bowl to be properly disinfected, you can get to cleaning the rest of the commode.
Step 1: Begin with the outside surface of your toilet. Start from the foundation of the toilet and work your way up to the lid. Spray the base and the sides of your toilet thoroughly with Professor Amos’ Fast Toilet & Tank Cleaner. Make sure that you spray that small area between the tank and the toilet seat as you work your way up the entirety of the toilet tank.
Step 2: Generously spray both sides of the toilet lid. Start with the outer part, because you’re going to need to leave the lid up to spray that area again (if necessary).
Step 3: Spray both sides of the toilet seat completely, making sure to lower it back in place on top of the bowl afterward.
Step 4: As you wait for the disinfectant to dry, make sure to spray the more stubborn spots known to carry more bacteria. For example, according to the aforementioned NSF International study, the flush handle of a toilet is typically dirtier than the actual toilet seat.
After 10 minutes have gone by after meticulously spraying the entirety of the toilet’s exterior, go ahead and grab some clean paper towels or a clean sponge to wipe the condensation away— making sure that all surfaces are dry. (Don’t forget to flush the toilet when you’re all done!)
How Often You Should Clean Your Toilet
Thoroughly disinfecting your home’s toilets help reduce the risk of exposure to threatening bacteria and microbes— especially if a sick family member is sharing a bathroom with everyone else at home.
We say that you should clean your toilet as often as you possibly can— but do a deep clean at least once a week. For your everyday toilet cleaning applications, Professor Amos’ Fast Toilet and Tank Cleaner is the best option around.
Professor Amos’ Fast Toilet and Tank Cleaner ™ not only cleans and deodorizes, but also removes rust, residue, and hard water buildup. This special formula starts out green and changes to blue to let you know your toilet is clean. Additionally, the extra-thick formula clings to the surface to remove rust and attack limescale, calcium, soap scum, hard-water build-up, mold, and mildew stains.
Side note: Don’t forget to disinfect your cleaning supplies. While this doesn’t need to be done after every time you clean your toilet, it’s important that you periodically disinfect your supplies.
Toilet scrubbing brushes are prone to growing mold, especially when left in a water-filled holder— so it’s important to clean them after scrubbing your toilet bowl as you deem necessary. Spray your brush generously with a disinfectant spray, allowing it to air dry.
As far as your sponges, gloves, and other porous or rubber-based supplies, you can soak them in a solution of bleach and water, allowing them to air dry afterward.